Three years after a bubbly little girl died from cancer, her memory has lived on through a charity which has helped 112 other children.
Following the death of three-year-old Chelsea Knighton from neuroblastoma on August 9, 2009, her mum Emma Knighton and cousin Michelle Tomkins set up Chelsea’s Angels in accordance with the youngster’s last wish.
Since then they have raised more than £60,000 which has been spent on helping 112 other children across the county with neuroblastoma or other rare cancers.
Each child receives gifts, holidays or equipment to help them during their battle with the illness.
After being diagnosed with the rare childhood cancer neuroblastome in November 2007, her family was forced to explore the option of having treatment abroad the following summer and so fundraising began in September 2008. But Chelsea sadly lost her battle four weeks before her fourth birthday in August 2009.
Mrs Knighton, 32, of Irthlingborough, said her brave daughter would have been proud of the work being done to help other children in her name.
She said: “I think she would have loved the charity and she would have wanted to be at every event we hold – she came to every event that was held for her when she was still here.
“She was a character, definitely. She knew her own mind and she loved playing tricks on people – she was fun. She was also very wise for her age and she knew what she wanted. I hope that she is proud of what we have done. We want to keep her memory alive.”
Mrs Tomkins added: “I think she would have loved to be involved. She hasn’t died in vain because her passing has helped other children.”